The first thing we want to do is take a closer look at the package to see just what MSI is bundling with the board here today. Therefore, when it comes to the new batch of motherboards for Ivy Bridge, it is fair to say that I expect a strong showing from MSI. Introduction and Architecture Next Page Benchmarks. Love them to death. I had to buy a separate pci modem card to have internet.

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Show less Show more. SATA – connector s: This time MSI have more of an excuse than others do as they have been using it for a fair while now.

It also comes with the Killer E Intelligent Networking Platform which is designed to optimize network traffic for reduced lag in online gaming. Ratings and Reviews Write a review. MSI’s first Z77 effort doesn’t do a lot wrong, but it’s not the best showcase of Intel’s new chipset. The Z77A-GD65 is another motherboard in this roundup that comes in a black and blue livery.

MSI Z77A GD65 motherboard preview – Page 1

Additional Product Features Networking Type. It is z77a-gd56 to see an Intel NIC on this motherboard and plenty of headers to go around. Show More Show Less. Love them to death. But we understand they’re imminently go for launch and the MSI Z77A-GD65 is one of the very first motherboards optimised for this latest line of Intel desktop number crunchers.


MSI Z77A-GD65 (Intel Z77) Motherboard Review

The only problem so far is that the Ethernet plug does not work. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me. I had to buy a separate pci modem card to have internet.

z77a-hd65 These aren’t differences in the silicon. It’s also this backwards compatibility that allows us to get a feeling for the MSI board and the new Intel Z77 chipset that underpins it before the first Ivy Bridgers are finally dragged into the open, blinking and rubbing their eyes.

A fifth fan header can be found at the bottom of the board.

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MSI Z77A-GD65 (Intel Z77) Motherboard Review

Also of note is the chipset cooler, which is very flat and large with 7z7a-gd65 fins, perhaps suggesting that MSI is confident about their heatsink design. This is stuff Intel is switching on and z77a-gd6 purely to create market stratification. For Top quality components Decent motherboard cooling. Against Comparative stock performance But limited overclocking potential. The bottom line, then, is that the 7 series and the Z77 in particular is a fair bit more multi-GPU friendly.


As for the specifics MSI has cooked up for the Z77A-GD65, well, you get Military Class solid state components, which adds up to some pretty serious power management, thermal protection and stability. You will of course need graphics cards that support the 3. Z77a-td65 lowest-priced item that has x77a-gd65 used or worn previously. Trending Price New. Aside from the pin power connector and the system fan header, there is also z77-agd65 USB 3. This item doesn’t belong on this page.

See details for description of any imperfections. Around the socket there are at least four fan headers to use: Subscribe to our Newsletter. Log in Don’t have an account?

Looking at the box we can see the normal run down of information which highlights some of the main features on the board with the Military Class III standard and OC Genie II being the major ones. The Z77A-GD65 is in general a good board to play with.